5 Hidden Nuggets You Need To Know About SlickPie

As a small business owner, I always struggled with the limited time I’ve had. While, I was writing the framework for SlickPie, one of my first goals was to ensure that the end product is super user friendly and which assists in getting the work done in a shortest possible time. Whether it’s about saving time, easy access or flexibility it brings to the work, SlickPie always endeavors to offer best from the rest.

If you haven’t tried this yet, here are 5 hidden nuggets that you need to be aware of; while using this avant-garde cloud-based accounting software that certainly has more power to radically improve the way you do business…

  1. Always Attach Source Documents

Storing receipts and documents in an old shoebox or a filing cabinet are a passé now. Now, you don’t need to keep the hard copy of the bill from your internet service provider anymore. Just attach the PDF copy that you received by email to the bill transaction you created and keep it in the cloud forever for easier access. Also, take a picture of the parking fee that you just paid with a credit card and save that image with the expense transaction in SlickPie. It helps you in saving time and there is no better way to go paperless and audit-proof your business in a seamless way.

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2) Create Notes

You did a photography gig for a client and you had to do some additional work so, invoice amount may be more than what you guys originally agreed upon, all this can be documented for your client to see in “Notes – Visible to Customer” as well ininternal “Notes” that are visible only to you. Use this gem extensively to your advantage so that you can remind yourself even after 6 months, what happened and why invoice amount was different.

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3) Proactive Monitoring to Deal with Unpaid Invoices

How many times, you have to call the client for non-payment of an invoice? Has it ever happened that the client claimed to have never received the invoice? I personally feel that such problems can create severe cash flow problems for your business. So, next time you call and they claim of never receiving the invoice, send them this screen shot that you can find under “Notes” to counter the claims they’ve made. It clearly shows when an invoice was seen and by whom.

viewed invoice history4) Review Sent or Not Sent Invoice?

How many times you have come across a situation when you wonder if an invoice has been sent or not? A little nugget in SlickPie, “Resend” makes it easy for you to determine it quickly. Check “Notes” to see in detail when a specific invoice was sent. You can also filter out all the invoices that have already been sent from your side.

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5) Activate Online Payments

Data in SlickPie at an aggregate level shows us that invoices that had ‘Online Payments enabled’ are getting paid within 48 to 72 hours which is immensely different when compared with invoices that are being paid with checks. If you deal with loyal clients, who send you payment by check on regular basis, it may be a risk worth taking but, for most small businesses, ‘Activating Online Payments’ will help you to get money in your bank account quickly.

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I hope you will find above-mentioned nuggets helpful in terms of managing your business in a best possible way. Whether you are starting your new venture or already have an established business, SlickPie offers an advanced pack of features that will certainly help in taking your business to new heights.

Get Paid Faster! – Utilizing Online Invoicing for Your Small Business

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Invoicing plays an integral part in any small business; it is the essentials of getting paid and the source of inflows of revenues in your business. In the past, business owners would have to print and deliver invoices manually and receive payments later physically, in the form of a check or some other means. Nowadays, this method has proven to be an inefficient way to work. Online invoicing is the invoicing of today for small business owners and it provides an endless amount of benefits that will not only improve your daily work processes, but also grow your business. However, some have failed to adopt online invoicing, partly because of ignorance and partly because they are unaware of the advantages. Below you will find some of the top benefits of utilizing online invoicing.

Mobility
Going online allows you to create and send out invoices from anywhere. Being stationary reduces your options and stunts how much your company can grow. Online invoicing enables you to go mobile and depending on the software of your choice, all you need is a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Not only that, the new generation of software like SlickPie can track when was an invoice sent, when was it viewed and if payment was made using online payment options like PayPal, Stripe and others, they can also update your books automatically. Staying up to date helps keep you in the loop on the status of your invoices. This is a huge time saver and you don’t have to stop working on your business just to get invoices out.

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Make sure you Enable Online Payment to get paid faster

Reminders
Oftentimes you send out an invoice to a customer and then end up forgetting about it for months and sometimes even forever; this is a common occurrence and problem that all small business owners face. If you send invoices with net 30 terms, but your clients are paying you net 45 or net 60, your business will under-perform.

Most online invoicing software can automatically send payment reminders on your behalf and some give the ability to set reminders for payment deadlines on every invoice you send out; you will never forget about an invoice again. This will greatly improve your chances of receiving your payments on time and management of your cash flow.

Customization
Every small business is different and every invoice is a reflection of what the business represents. Customizing your invoices with your own logo, color scheme, font, and tone sets you apart from other businesses and allows you to stand out from the competition.

Backup
Losing invoices is a real problem for both you and your customers. However, this is only a problem that affects non-users of online invoicing. Managing your invoices online means that you can store unlimited digital copies of any invoice either as an e-mail or a PDF. If a customer loses it, you can send them a new one in a matter of seconds.

Integration
Most accounts payable and receivable software can be integrated in your accounting software, which helps make your life much easier. Some accounting software even have the feature directly built-in. By having your online invoicing integrated in your accounting software, it allows you to see the immediate effects on your accounts and financials in general. When you send out or receive a payment, you will them reflected instantly in your payables and receivables.

Money Saved
Costs for paper may not seem like much at first, but very quickly those costs can begin to add up; especially if you are in a growing business. The costs for paper alone can add up to upwards of a thousand dollars annually. Online invoicing eliminates the need for paper since everything is done digitally and helps save you money that you can allocate elsewhere in your business.

Environmentally Friendly
As mentioned above, eliminating the use of paper not only benefits you, but also the environment. With the amount of invoices you send out per year, imagine how many sheets of paper you are printing out and how many trees you could be saving by going online. Why continue to waste paper when it is no longer a necessary cost?

If you haven’t done so already, sign up for SlickPie’s free account and create your first online invoice. Setting up your account, your company, and sending out your first invoice is super easy and takes less than TWO MINUTES! Check out our “Getting Started” video for more information.

How to Select the Right Online Accounting Software for YOU

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We are seeing a change underway in how small business entrepreneurs and freelancers opt for the products and services that help them grow and work proactively. This is significantly different than what used to be the case in a small business. I remember once at Welcome Networks, we had to send a technician to a small business office to train users how to scan to a folder from an MFP printer. The issue was that users could not figure out that they needed to select their name from the address books configured on the scanner and they were just choosing the “Frequently Use” container; a simple task, but pretty hard for a novice.

The new generation is different and they like things that are mobile, offer flexibility, and can get the job done quickly. There are many online accounting solutions that are repackaged from the business logic of decades ago. Things have changed and this is what you should look for in an accounting solution for your small business.

Accounting Software should work for you to increase your cash flow
The days of printing and mailing an invoice are gone. Today, most modern accounting software allows you to send invoices online so that you can track things like whether your customer has viewed the invoice. Online invoicing also helps you in getting paid on time because you can collect payments right from the invoice page. The most common payment options are PayPal or credit card and the common ongoing rate is 2.9% + 30¢ per successful credit card charge. Though online payments can be turned off in SlickPie, I would highly recommend that you turn it on. Our research indicates that most invoices with online payments enabled are being paid within 2 business days compared to 2 to 3 weeks when paid by check. Things like sending late payment reminders and live bank feeds are a must to ensure you get paid fast and are on top of your finances. SlickPie fetches live bank feeds from more than 17,000 banks and credit unions all around the world.

Clarity for you and your clients
I have seen software where it seems like you need a Ph.D. to figure out the breakup of your invoice. Can you enter and display discounts clearly on your invoices? If you charge taxes and you deal with multiple taxes, can you figure out with one click how much sales tax you owe to the government? If you have to jump through 3 pages to find all the critical information, there is something wrong with the software you are evaluating and it is probably not the one for you.

Ease of convenience
Many old solutions are bloated with features that you will rarely use. Think about the core features you really need: you need online invoicing and online payments, what else? Think about what you need and what is a waste of your hard earned money. You may end up paying close to $50 a month for features that you will never use. Being smart and visionary about your business will help in putting hard earned cash back in your business.

Better connection to an Accountant
No business would become a great business without a great accountant at their side. There are things like bank reconciliations, making financial statements, and information needed to file personal or corporate taxes where access to an accountant can be the difference between the success and death of your business. Many accounting solutions cut corners and leave you stranded when you need to dig deeper to understand your business. If you are using SlickPie, there are multiple important financial reports for you to utilize; invite your accountant for help when you need it.

Think about what’s important for you. SlickPie has a logical sequence of defined workflows. Let us look at the invoice. First you can create an invoice and keep the draft and when you’re ready, approve it and send it off to a customer and your customer can make their payment online or offline. For some of you, this workflow can be just as simple as creating, approving, and sending with one click or maybe not sending it at all because you already have done the work and just need to enter payment details. Understanding and implementing your business goals in your online accounting software will lead to growth and a better future for your business. Choose SlickPie online accounting and open your free account today.

Solve the Marketing Puzzle for Your Business With These Tools

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Every small business owner can relate to the difficulties of growing and exposing their business. This is especially difficult for businesses just starting out. So, how does a fresh, brand-new business get their name out to the masses? The answer is simple, marketing. Everyone knows what marketing is, but knowing and doing are two completely different things. To put simply in layman terms, marketing can be defined as promoting your product or service to your desired consumers. Sounds easy don’t it? Then why do so many businesses have trouble with marketing? They have trouble because they are not utilizing the correct toolset needed to cover every aspect of the marketing process. The marketing world is a big one and it contains many subsets that small business owners often overlook; things such as SEO, social mentions, metrics, and much more. To give you guys a better understanding of marketing for small businesses, we have compiled a list of our favourite marketing tools you can use as starting blocks right now to help you solve the marketing puzzle.

Google Analytics
This is probably the most important analytical tool for any business of any size and most have implemented it already; however, if you have not, here are some reasons why you should. Google Analytics gives you a wealth of information regarding the key metrics for your website and business. Just to name a few, you are able to measure past and present data such as impressions, referrals, and conversions. You can even go more in-depth and find out where the traffic for your website is coming from, what devices your visitors are using, and how many are new or returning visitors you are getting. Google Analytics is an extremely complex tool that takes some time to learn, but it is well worth it because the amount of data you receive is crucial in understanding how well your business is doing online.

Buffer
Social media has made a major impact in the way marketing is done today and now plays an integral part in the way you communicate with your audience. Buffer is an app that allows you to manage all your social media accounts in one convenient location. Not only that, but you can automate and schedule content for an entire week. Simply add content to your queue and let Buffer do the rest. There are many social media management tools on the market, but we like Buffer because it is simple, easy to use, and also offers a free version that is robust enough for small businesses.

Audiense
Formerly known as SocialBro, Audiense provides you with insights behind your audience on social media. You can setup dashboards for each of your social media accounts and in there you will find metrics like inactive followers, newbie followers, and influential followers. Audiense gives you a more focused look at what type of people your audience consists of and which are the most important people you should be building connections with who can help grow your business. They also provide some cool analytics like “what is the best time to tweet?”

MailChimp
MailChimp is an app that enables businesses to manage their newsletter list, mass distribute e-mails to their list, and create e-mail marketing campaigns. MailChimp is often recognized as the no.1 tool for e-mail marketing and with the amount of features they offer, it’s hard to challenge that claim. The free version allows up to 500 subscribers and 3,000 e-mails per month, but you will not have many of the automated features.

Inspectlet
Inspectlet is a very cool app that shows you how visitors interact with your website. Simply input a personalized code to your website and Inspectlet will begin recording sessions. You will be able see how visitors are navigating around your website, what pages they spend the most time on, and what pages they click out on. This gives you a good indication of the consumer behaviour towards your product and often times, you will notice trends that can be both negative and positive; giving you a direction of where you should be making adjustments. The free version only allows 100 recorded sessions per month which is a very small sample size. If you need more data, you should consider going for one of the paid plans.

SumoMe
SumoMe is a great list building and social sharing tool for blogs. If you are using WordPress, all you have to do is install the plugin and you can start implementing things like social share buttons and subscription pop-ups for your blog(s). It also integrates with other apps like MailChimp, so your subscribers will get pushed to any of your MailChimp lists. SumoMe is a very simple and diverse tool for any business.

Social Mention
For any small business owner, it is always good to know what people are saying about your product or service. Social Mention is search platform that tracks and measures what people are saying about you. It goes through hundreds of social media networks and even Google, to filter out every time your business has been mentioned on the internet. It is great for gauging how popular your business is and the sentiment towards it.

BuzzSumo
BuzzSumo is a great tool for finding the perfect content for your business. All you have to do is enter a topic and BuzzSumo will scour the web for the most popular content relating to that topic, so you can be sure that the content you are posting resonates well with your audience. With BuzzSumo, you can also find key influencers within your market, giving you a good indication of who you need to reach out to if you want to spread the “buzz” for your business to the masses.

Pablo
Visual marketing is a proven method of getting your content noticed on social media and Pablo helps you edit and create engaging images for you to share. Pablo, a subsidiary of Buffer, lets you edit any of your own images or any of their 50,000+. You can overlay your images with striking and motivational quotes that will catch your audience’s attention. It’s not a very complex image editing tool, but it is effective and completely free.

Now that you have a good list of marketing tools you can integrate into your business, we suggest you go out and try them all and see if they are right for you. Of course these are just a few of the thousands of other marketing tools out there, so we encourage you to explore on your own and continue expanding your marketing toolbox.

Winning in Accounting – Automate These Key Functions in Your Accounting Business

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In my previous blog post, I detailed the many benefits of automation. You can check out the blog here. Technology in automation has grown to a point where you can implement it in almost every aspect of your practice. It is important for accountants and bookkeepers to know precisely what automation is capable of doing and where they can use it to maximize the benefits. Here are the key functions every accountant and bookkeeper needs to be automating to stay ahead of the pack.

Onboarding
After weeks or months of prospecting, you have finally turned these individuals into clients, but how are you going to build a cohesive relationship with them so that you can work more effectively? Onboarding is the structure or “backbone” in which you and your clients will communicate and collaborate. Providing automation to your onboarding will establish effortless consistency to you, your team, and your clients. Creating and sharing documents are an integral aspect of your practice, you and your clients need to establish the working conditions so that collaboration will be problem-free and as you know, collaboration with clients is imperative to accountants and bookkeepers. With automation, you can also streamline how and when you and your clients will send and receive documents so that your collaboration will run smoothly.

To get started, at the minimum you should maintain a checklist and if possible automate your onboarding and management of your practice using solutions like CCH iFirm, Practice Ignition, or the any other that suits your needs. Look for software that is catered to accountants and helps you with client management, along with automating your back-office functions.

Invoicing & Billing

Invoicing and payments account for a large portion of the business process for accountants and bookkeepers. A lot of time is spent on finding out the status of a bill or invoice. Which ones are paid? Which ones are outstanding? Has the client even received it? These questions should not take up so much of your time, but they do and it greatly disrupts your workflow. Automating these tasks should be a priority for every accountant and bookkeeper because it saves you so much time and energy. Each hour you spend running around sending out and chasing payments is an hour you could spend finding more clients or developing stronger relationships that will grow your business.

Through automation you are able to schedule and send out recurring invoices to loyal clients, receive payments online, and pay your monthly bills with very minimal time consumed on your end. Not only that, but solutions today automatically send out reminders in the form of e-mails, text messages, or even phone calls for any missed payments by your clients so that you don’t have to do it yourself.

Not only does it save you time, but it also saves you paper since everything is done digitally; you have no more need for physical filing and storage. There is NO reason you should not be automating your invoicing and billing.

Document Management
Managing your documents physically and even digitally can be a hassle. Physical documents are often kept in boxes, unorganized, damaged, or missing entirely. Digital data often comes from many sources on your many accounts over the web and with that includes scrolling after scrolling, page after page. Automation helps you eliminate all of these problems and makes document management easy and quick.

As we mentioned earlier in this article, you can go digital and eliminate all your physical documents. Using OCR (optical character recognition) technology allows you to scan or take pictures of a physical document and then convert it into a searchable digital file that will then be stored in the cloud or locally on your desktop. You can also import key financial data into your accounting software; saving you so much time, space, and trouble from scouring through boxes.

Some documents can already be stored digitally such as bank statements through online banking. However, it can be very time-consuming to go through month after month of statements to find a single purchase. Also banks only keep your statements for only a limited period of time but tax authorities in most countries request records for 7 years or more. Today you can download or even better fetch all your relevant bank statements and organize them accordingly to your liking so that you can find what you need whenever you need it, all while creating your own digital database for all your important financial data. These documents are already converted into digital files which can be shared easily between you and your clients.

Data Entry
Manual data entry is a dread for any accountant or bookkeeper. There is no way to avoid it; it’s a part of the job. However, automation can help you reduce the need for manual data entry greatly. Just above, we explained how you could scan documents and import the key financial data from the physical documents to your software. Going beyond that, automation is able to enter the relevant information and numbers from those documents directly into the correct forms and reports where they belong. This comes in handy especially during tax season where you are needed to go through and enter the data from massive amounts of varying tax slips; making tax season a bit less painful. USA and Canadian Tax experts accounting firm AGTax saves more than 20 minutes on each return since introducing automation in their practice. You will notice that the amount of tax returns you can complete in an hour will rise drastically. Manual data entry cannot be eliminated completely, but it can be turned into a breeze through automation.

Automating these key functions will make your job a lot easier so that you can provide more value to your clients. You already have very limited hours in a day and with automation you are able to reduce the hours spent on tedious tasks and increase the hours you can spend on growing your practice and making more money. The time you save automating these key functions is invaluable to you and your clients.

Empower Your Accounting Practice With Automation

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Advancements in technology have benefited accountants and bookkeepers greatly through automation. In data-intensive industries, automating your entry-related tasks is the key to working faster and smarter. Automating tasks prevents you from exhausting your energy and allows you to focus your energy in the areas that require your undivided attention. Still not sure what automation is and why it is important? Here’s your chance to take-in some valuable information that will help you become more efficient in your work through the power of automation.

Return on Time Invested (ROTI)
Whether you’re an accountant or bookkeeper, time is essential because for most people time equals money; and without proper management of your time, you will lose money. In order to properly manage your time, you must first divide your daily activities into low ROTI and high ROTI. Low ROTI activities will consist of tedious tasks such as checking e-mails, manual invoicing, and data-entry. On the other hand, high ROTI activities will consist of meeting clients, servicing, and building important relationships. Low ROTI activities only provide marginal growth to your business, while high ROTI activities provide you with the bulk of your sales and profit.

Save Time in Your Day
With only 24 hours in a day, it is crucial that you spend as little time possible on low ROTI activities. So how does automation help increase your ROTI? Automation helps you streamline all your low ROTI activities so they can be completed in a matter of minutes. This allows you to focus your time and energy into high ROTI activities that are more important to the direct operations of your business; saving you time and money.

Reduce Error
Completing repetitive tasks for hours throughout the day will increase your chances of human error, especially when doing manual entry. When doing the same task over and over, you begin to lose alertness which could result in some serious repercussions like spelling errors or misrepresentation of financial data. As an accountant or bookkeeper, you know how costly it can be for your clients if they get taxed more than they should because of a simple error in your entry. Automating as many business processes as possible will help you overcome inefficiency and create an efficient workflow for your business.

Consistency
Implementing automation into your business creates workflow standardization. This means that you know what to expect and when to expect it. When your workflow is standardized, your processes become consistent and will not deviate in any nature. For example, automating your payables and receivables will take one less worry off your hands since you will know when and how much you will be making payments or getting paid every month; automation software makes and receives payments for you, so you don’t have to. Inconsistencies can continuously cause problems to your business and even trickle all the way down to your bottom line; which you should avoid at all costs.

Go Mobile
Automation allows you to complete tasks quickly and early so that you can get out of the office and conduct more important business. Not only that, but automation also allows you to complete these tasks on-the-move from anywhere and anytime. You can send out your e-mails before you even step foot in the office or collect payments from clients during a meeting; automation makes you mobile and being mobile gives you options.

These are just some of the reasons why you should be automating as many tasks as possible. Automation is the new way of working that allows you to be faster and smarter, all while reducing your stress and energy needed. Give yourself a competitive edge. There is no reason you should not be utilizing automation in your business or practice.

Simple Bookkeeping Tips to Help Small Business Owners

Bookkeeping for a small business owner can be an annoying and tedious task that consumes more time than you would think. Instead of focusing on the more important things such as the operations of your business, you are stuck in the office recording invoices and receipts. As with most small business owners (you know who you are), you set aside most of the bookkeeping to be done at a later date and before you know it, you have piles and piles of data that continues to grow larger each day.  To help you reduce the headache of bookkeeping, we have compiled a few tips that you can start implementing right away.

Hire a bookkeeper
It would be wise to seek the help of a bookkeeper because they are trained in doing the tasks that you absolutely dread. Bookkeeping is their daily job, so you can expect quick and efficient work to be done while you are focused on your business. Bookkeepers also provide useful insights that will be difficult for an untrained person to catch since they know what to look for in the numbers. To make both your jobs easier, it is highly recommend that both you and your bookkeeper work on the same accounting platform so that collaborating can be done with ease. If you are in need of a bookkeeper, try looking in the Institute of Professional Bookkeepers of Canada; there you will find many reputable bookkeepers that will fit your needs.

Keeping track of your expense receipts
Failing to keep copies of your business expense receipts can cause a lot of problems to your books. Oftentimes, you will be left confused of where that charge came from and what it was used for, which could lead to incorrectly reported expenses. As a small business owner, you should always keep your receipts and make notes of what the charge is for so you can make reference to them in the future; however, stockpiling every single receipt can also be cumbersome and difficult to manage. Software such as Receipt Bank can help you manage your receipts by extracting the physical data and importing it to you digitally. Importing a receipt can be as easy as scanning it to your computer or taking a photo from your smartphone and uploading it to your software; ideal for small business owners on-the-move.

Managing your invoices
It is not uncommon for small business owners to lose track of unpaid and late bills. Upon issuing an invoice to a client or customer, keeping an eye on payments becomes an afterthought; especially when you have hundreds of them awaiting payment. Unpaid and late bills can really disrupt the cash flow for your business and cause headaches for you in the future. Using a cloud accounting software to issue and manage your invoices will help make invoicing easy and manageable. Depending on the cloud accounting software of choice, you will be able to create and send invoices to clients or customers in the matter of seconds; not only that, but you can also receive payments online through the likes of PayPal. Unpaid and late bills will also be easily traceable because they will be sorted from the rest of your invoices. Cloud accounting software helps you manage your invoices for you.

Accurately recording bank deposits
With such large amounts of data being entered and recorded, it is inevitable that there will be mistakes and sometimes these mistakes can bear large costs. Inaccurately recording your bank deposits could result in paying more taxes for money that you might have recorded as income. As a small business owner, you must be on top of where each deposit is coming from and where it should be accounted for. Software like Hubdoc helps you automate this task by fetching all your financial statements and organizing them into one convenient location; reducing the risk of error in your data entry. Hubdoc is able to store years worth of financial data so it can be easily accessible and understandable for you.

These were just a few simple bookkeeping tips for you as a small business owner and we hope you can put these to use so that you can focus more on your business. We highly recommend that you check out the software and services we mentioned in this post and for more information check out the links we provided.

Too Many Cloud Services Can Actually Hurt Your Small Business

Cloud software has become an integral aspect in small businesses. Small business owners have realized the benefits from working in the cloud; it gives you flexibility, saves you time, money, and also increases the productivity between you and your team. However, as with everything else in the world, too much of something can actually be a bad thing and the same applies for working in the cloud.

Let’s start with the cost. Although cloud software is generally cheaper as you can work with one account throughout your entire network, the monthly costs do add up. Subscribing to too many cloud services will continue to snowball your expenses without you realizing. You probably won’t even notice it until the end of the month when you see a bunch of magical 0’s pop up on your monthly bills; yikes! Looking at many cloud accounting software, they will often charge for add-ons such as payroll and inventory and those can really begin to pile up if you do not pay close attention to what is being added on and where it is being added on.

Secondly, having too many cloud services can begin to be confusing. You’re a small business owner with a lot already on your plate; it’s stressful, we understand your pain. So we also know how annoying it is to go searching for that one file you uploaded to your cloud. Having too many cloud services can actually cause overlapping in some features like your storage. You should always be aware of what features your cloud software can offer so you can remove the ones that do the same thing. For example Dropbox and Box are two very successful cloud storage services, so which one do you choose? Dropbox is more geared towards sharing multimedia and has a simple interface, whereas Box is better for enterprises with a a more complex interface; it all really depends on what you need for your small business.

Now let’s help you choose the right software for your needs so that you never run into these problems. First you need to put in consideration of how big your business is. Is your business small? Medium? Over 10 employees? Under 10 employees? The size of your business and workforce narrows down what you can and cannot do with certain cloud services and how much you should be spending.

Features are another important factor, so you should really look at all the features a service brings to the table. For example, do you need a cloud accounting software that’s simple and easy to use? Or do you need one that is complex with an in-depth inventory system? Focus on what you need for your business. Most cloud services either allows you to try it before you buy or offer a free service with some feature restrictions. Always test the software before making the decision to purchase because it helps build your familiarity with the interface and once you get the hang of it, then you can decide if it is right for you.

You should also seek advice from your colleagues to see what they are using and how they are using it; just remember to take it with a grain of salt because what works for them might not work for you.

Also server location should not be forgotten when narrowing down your list of potential cloud services because your data is important and you should know exactly where it is being stored and how secure it is. Find a service that fully discloses this information to you and remember to look for 256 bit SSL as this is the industry standard for data encryption.

Technical support is often overlooked, but you’d be surprised how many service providers either charge for their support or do not even offer phone support; crazy, isn’t it? Cloud software can be difficult to learn and manage, so you need all the help you can get to understand the software inside out. Look for a service that is there for you whenever you need help and communication is possible across many channels.

We hope this was helpful in showing you what to look for when picking and choosing cloud services for your small business so that you can make the most out of your cloud experience.

Working on the Little Things

We have made it easy for you to give valuable feedback on SlickPie. The little green button on the bottom right corner allows us to collect and manage your feedback – whether it’s suggestions, requests or complaints. Everything will be integrated with our reporting and analysis tools to help us track how we are handling them.

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Acting on your feedback

We’ve been busy developing the whole SlickPie user experience. We are adding key features and tuning invoices, bills and payments on almost a weekly basis. We are also working to deliver innovations in bank reconciliations and automated data entry. This is our focus along with making the existing SlickPie features better. We love to listen to your feedback, and the idea to collect feedback in an automated way came from our developer Sulabh, a genius. Use it to request new features and make suggestions for how existing features can be improved.

 

Keep the feedback coming!

The development team is super busy and has many large projects ahead of them but if there’s something you’d like to see in SlickPie, let us know! All ideas count. Those smaller features and enhancements are just as important so keep the feedback coming. We will figure out if there’s something that can be improved quickly, or should be included in a bigger project.

Honestly, we try to listen elsewhere, for example on Twitter, but giving direct feedback lets us track and manage things a bit better. We made it simple and easy so that you could quickly submit feedback and eventually help improve our service for you.

With a focus on mobile and automation, we will make you love online accounting. We are looking forward to your valuable feedback and ideas!

Business Tip: Word of Mouth is Often The Best Marketing Tool

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Some startups don’t have a large budget to launch commercials on TV, on YouTube, on the radio or even have a PPC campaign. That’s not completely bad news because the strongest influence of conversion is something we don’t really control – word of mouth.

What does word of mouth provide? It builds credibility with customers prior to a larger market launch. Customers can see this new product or service is “real” and is recognized by friends, family or colleagues.

Word of mouth is also particularly important when it comes to selling services. In reality, people like to buy tangible products. With people talking about your services – credibility and differentiation can be obtained for these intangible services. This is why referral programs are sought out to generate business.

Multiple business cards can be given to loyal customers to keep in their wallet – when the time is right they can give it to a potential customer and point them in your direction. In the digital world, word of mouth can be seen as written testimonials, social media engagement or online reviews and blogs. Try and remember that bad customer experiences reach more than twice as many people as stories of good customer experiences. If you are trying to minimize your marketing expenses to improve other areas of your business – word of mouth can be your startup’s solution!